MEET THE TEAM
Our entire staff here at The Blanchard Institute is extremely passionate about the work we do. Everyone brings with them their own unique set of skills and experience, and together, we form an unstoppable team that’s dedicated to helping our patients.
We look forward to being a part of your journey to recovery.
MA, MBA, CCS, LCAS
Founder & CEO
Born and raised on the coast of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Ward’s professional career sprouted from the progressive roots of South-ern California nearly 15 years ago.
MBA, MA, CAI-I, CSAC-I
Chief Administrative Officer
Allison has over 25 years of experience in management, community development and corporate social responsibility. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer…
Chief Operating Officer
Alan Goodstat is from New York and obtained his Master of Social Work from Columbia University in New York. He has 30 years of experience in the Behavioral Healthcare and Addiction field…
Director of Admissions
Judy Goodwin brings 24 years of knowledge and experience working as an Admissions Coordinator in the field and is well connected to the community and behavioral health industry.
LCSW, LCAS, CSI, ICAADC
Samantha Hampson was born and raised in Europe but has lived in the Carolinas for the last 15 years. She has been providing Mental Health and Substance…
Ralph G. Meachum
Mdiv, CSAC, CBT, MRT
Ralph G. Meachum, a native of Greensboro, NC, obtained a Master’s of Divinity with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling from Emory University.
MS, LCAS-A, MT-BC
Stacey Surratt is a North Carolina native, and happy to be back in the state. Stacey completed her Master’s degree in Music Therapy at Radford University and is a nationally Board-Certified Music Therapist.
Cat Glenn grew up in Charlotte, NC, and returned after graduating from Fordham University in the Bronx, NY with a Bachelors in Political Science. Cat’s post-graduate studies continued at CPCC…
Megan Faulkner began working in Public Health in 2003 after earning a Master of Science degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. In both North and South Carolina, she tackled a wide range of…
Shelley Wood is a North Carolina native and Charlotte resident for over 43 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UNC Charlotte.
Anthony Simmons is from Washington, D.C. He studied Business Administration Accounting at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Emily Nelson is from Richmond, Virginia. She joined The Blanchard Institute in November, 2018 after studying at the University of South…
MA, LPCA, LCASA
Jennifer is a native of Virginia and has lived in the Charlotte area for 14 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, National…
MA, LPC, NCC, R-DMT
Tracy Sosebee grew up in Europe and SC but has called Charlotte home for the past 20 years. Tracy completed her Master’s degree in Boston…
Brittany Bolden was raised in South Florida and moved to North Carolina to attend college at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill…
Jessica has been working in the substance abuse and mental health field since 2014. She has a diverse clinical…
Megan Simon Kekich
Megan Simon Kekich is originally from Louisiana. She attended Louisiana State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Andrew (Andy) Karabinos hails from Texas and has been living in North Carolina for the past 17 years. He obtained his Bachelors of Arts…
Utilization Review Specialist
Zach Lee joined the Blanchard Institute in May 2019. A Charlotte native, Zach began his career as an actor working with The Children’s…
nnie Morse is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She moved to Charlotte, NC and joined the Blanchard Institute in June, 2019.
M.Ed., LPCA, NCC, LCASA
Caylee King was born in Texas and moved to the Carolinas with her family in 2007. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in…
Celeste Hockenberry was born and raised in Charleston, SC, but has spent the last ten years in North Carolina. She completed her Master’s degree in Psychology…
Monique Varnadore is from Brooklyn, New York. She relocated to North Carolina and has lived in the Charlotte area for 9 years.
Stacey “Grace” Cruz
MA, LPC, LCAS, EMDR-C
Grace Cruz is dually licensed by the state of North Carolina to offer services as a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, and a Licensed Clinical Addictions…
TOur Therapy Dog
Gibbs was born in raised in Southern California, moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2014 to continue to cultivate her passion of delivering cuteness, comfort,…
Amanda Freels is from Morgantown, WV and attended business school at WVU. Upon graduation, Amanda moved to NYC, which is where she found yoga.
MS, RD, CSO, LD/N
Corrie earned her Master’s of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition from Eastern Michigan University, and is a Board-Certified Oncology Dietitian.
Nancy Harville is a graduate of Appalachian State University, with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a MA in Counselor Education.